Happy New Year! What’s new in the Garden?

Happy New Year, Gardeners!  It's a great time to be in the Writer Zen Garden. Inside this blog: Prompt Circles are back - next one is Jan 21st from 2-4 at Open Books Walking In This World online workshop, Jan 22nd through April 22nd F.E.A.R.S. Workshop - Finish, Edit, Analyze, Research and Submit, Feb 5th to Mar 4th Dialog - Who Says What To Whom, March 12th to March 25th A to Z Blog Chal...
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Deep Point-of-View or “How Do You Really Feel About That?”

As I learn more about the old writer's dictum, write, revise, revise, and revise; and as I get practice submitting my work to publishers, I've found that one of the hardest parts is when you get to the nitty-gritty, down-and-dirty "let's clean up this sucker because we're about to hit 'send' to give it to the publisher and it's time to make sure it's free of any dumb-dumb errors."Dumb-dumb errors....
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Wiley Wednesday: Life After NaNo

Those of us who have done NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) share one thing in common, whether or not we actually completed our project or not: there’s a sense of let-down after November is over, a feeling of “what now?” Rest easy, writers; you’re not alone. There are others out there to play with, other projects to tackle, and other crazy goals to set.A great place to look, even if you ...
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Wiley Wednesday: Music and Editing

Getting Back In the MoodI’ve been working on editing my first book, which comes out later this year from Samhain Publishing. I wrote it with my coauthor, Rachel Wilder. While we work together extensively, when I’m at my keyboard working on edits it’s usually by myself. Since we wrote Burning Bright last year, we’ve developed two new series in very different universes, as well as wrote more mate...
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Writing Reference Series #1

A while back, I went on a 'craft-building' book buying binge. Over my next few Wiley Wednesdays, I'll be talking about what I took away from each of them. One repeating pattern I found was that several of the books had lists of other handy reference. At the top of almost every one of those lists was Strunk & White's 'The Elements of Style' - a short text that packs a real wallop, and defini...
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The Edit Bat of Doom

A friend of mine has a special bat. It's called the Edit Bat of Doom. When the time comes, she pulls it out and uses it with great enthusiasm! Editing is a necessary evil. Everything from a thank you note to a 500 page novel requires a bit of editing. I know we've already talked a bit about the process this week, but here are a few more tips on it. So take your own Edit Bat of Doom out of th...
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Editing Schmediting

Unless you're lucky enough to write everything perfect the first time, or you have an editing slave at your beck and call, editing is a reality for every writer. For some people, editing comes naturally, for others, it doesn't. I've figured out I'm one of the latter. I'm a writer. A prolific one. Give me a prompt or idea, and a keyboard, and . . . off I go! But just because I can write and w...
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